Monday, April 16, 2018

Achanta Sharath clinches bronze medal in men's singles table tennis

After losing the mixed-doubles match for the bronze medal alongside Mouma Das on Sunday morning of the Commonwealth Games 2018, ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal made sure he got it right in the men's singles circuit.

Sharath looked at his aggressive best, comfortably pocketing the opening two games. Sharath had also won a medal of a similar hue in New Delhi 2010.

Against Walker, Sharath produced an array of shots that caught the Englishman napping.

India will not have representation in the mixed doubles table tennis final at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) with both their pairs going down in their respective semi-finals here on Saturday.

Walker held momentum and threatened to take the fourth game as well, as he leveled the points and took the game into extension, but Sharath held his composure to hold on and emerge victorious.

India has had a great tournament so far, passing their Gold tally of Glasgow Games. He took the first two games 11-7, 11-9, but Walker regrouped and put the Indian on the backfoot.

The Final Day of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games brings to us the gold and bronze medal matches of all the racquet sports. This is Sharath Kamal's third medal at Gold Coast - one gold from mixed-team event, one silver alongside Gnanasekaran Sathiyan in men's doubles.

Sharath has now won a total of six medals in the Commonwealth Games, which includes four gold medals. He had missed out on a medal in Glasgow. The Indian continued his ruthless approach in the fourth game and wrapped up the tie in his favour despite Walker's respectable comeback in the match. India has already surpassed last edition's medal tally and will now hope to finish on a high.

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